In this Workshop, I will introduce you to Sinulog, a cultural annual event held in Cebu City in the Philippines. Sinulog is celebrated on the third Sunday of January, to honor the Santo Niño (Child Jesus). The festival is a dance ritual which tells the story of the Filipino people’s pagan past and their acceptance of Christianity. The word Sinulog means graceful dance, as it all started in 1980 with a simple dance that represents the “sulog” (or current) of a river in Cebu.
The Sinulog festival is celebrated on the streets with a grand parade, dance performances, and people chanting "Pit Senyor!", which is the short form of “Sangpit sa Señor,” a phrase in Cebuano that means, “to call, ask, and plead to the king.”
The Sinulog festival is one of the most famous festivals in the Philippines, and is attended not only by Filipinos, but by people coming from different parts of the globe. The magnificence of the festival made Filipinos, as well as our fellow Asians, refer to it as the “Mother of all Festivals.” From the colorful and well-made costumes of the dancers, to the beautiful dances and to the music brought by the drums, trumpets, and the native gongs, the Sinulog festival never ceases to amaze its audience.
Sinulog has a tradition of specially crafted shirts, and by wearing this fun festival shirt during Sinulog, you would show your solidarity to this event. Wearing these vibrant and fun shirt designs are an appropriate way to get into the festive mood being celebrated on the streets of Cebu.
I will teach you how to turn a basic T-shirt into something fashionable and festive. You will learn about some cutting styles, simple knots, and dyeing techniques in this Workshop that you can later use to come up with interesting designs on your own.
I am excited to introduce you to Sinulog and make a festival shirt together!